White Lemon from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

A full leaf white tea, this is a super smooth brew with a full mouth feel. The lemon essence is distinct but not to the point of overwhelming the mild flavor of the base white tea. A perfect balance of flavours with plenty of anti-oxidants.

The exact origin of the lemon has remained a mystery, though it is widely presumed that lemons first grew in India, northern Burma, and China. In South and South East Asia, it was known for its antiseptic properties and it was used as an antidote for various poisons. Today, India is the largest producer of lemons and generates 16% of all lemon and lime output worldwide.

Taster’s Review:

This tea was a very pleasant surprise.  I expected the lemon to completely overwhelm the white tea, but it is very well-balanced.

The white tea tastes fresh with mere whispers of a vegetative quality.  Shanti Tea does not specify what type of white tea leaf this is, but, if I had to guess, I would say it is a Bai Mu Dan.  It has a crisp flavor that melds very well with the bright flavor of the lemon.

And while the lemon flavor stands out in the cup but it does not overwhelm the white tea as I thought it might.  It has a sweet, lightly tart, sunny flavor that is delightful.

I am enjoying it hot at the moment, but, it is equally as delicious iced.  I found this to be an extraordinarily uplifting, refreshing cup of tea, and it is certainly one of the best lemon flavored tea I’ve tasted yet!  Bravo, Shanti Tea!

White Lemon from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

WHITE LEMON

Fair Trade Certified & Organic White Tea

Tin / Bio-bag: 45g / 57 cups • Sample: 5 to 7 cups

A full leaf white tea, this is a super smooth brew with a full mouth feel. The lemon essence is distinct but not to the point of overwhelming the mild flavor of the base white tea. A perfect balance of flavours with plenty of anti-oxidants.

Story

The exact origin of the lemon has remained a mystery, though it is widely presumed that lemons first grew in India, northern Burma, and China. In South and South East Asia, it was known for its antiseptic properties and it was used as an antidote for various poisons. Today, India is the largest producer of lemons and generates 16% of all lemon and lime output worldwide.

Tasters Review:

White Lemon from Shanti Tea…another lovely Shanti offering!  Ahhh!

Dry this smells a little like Lemon Pledge and White Tea. It’s Very Clean. (no pun intended)

Post infusion…it’s more of a gentle lemon and white tea aroma!

This tastes wonderful!  Of course, I like lemon, so that helps!  The White Tea is PERFECT and the Lemon just makes it even more tempting!

I had 1 cup hot and another cold and LOVED both!

 

White Rose from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Roses have long been a symbol of love and beauty. This blend of organic rose petals and white tea’s silky smoothness is exquisitely subtle and supremely healthy. High in antioxidants and vitamin C, this delicate white tea blend will be the beginning of a long lasting love affair.

Taster’s Review:

The aroma of the dry leaf is so beautiful – I just love the smell of rose teas, and I’m finding this one especially appealing because the fragrance of the white tea is so soft amid the beautiful scent of rose.  The rose is allowed to fully express itself in this bouquet.  Truly lovely.

While the fragrance of the brewed liquor is quite a bit softer than the dry leaf, it is still very beautifully rose scented.  This is one of those teas that MUST be inhaled before sipping to gain the full luxurious effect of the flower.

The flavor of this tea is wonderful!  The rose mingles with the white tea leaves nicely, creating a very smooth, supple taste that glides over the palate deliciously.  The white tea base is soft but tastes fresh and soothing, while the rose tastes sweet with distinctive sharp notes.  It is a very relaxing cup – it is a bit like a trip to the spa in a teacup!

Five Peaks Mountain from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Fresh, fruity flavor and sweet aftertaste, a popular everyday tea.

This green tea is from the Five Peaks Mountain in Shandong province, China, famous for its lush green hills and pristine water. Known for its fresh, fruity flavor and sweet aftertaste, this China Green is a popular everyday tea. Green teas can be steeped several times with increasingly warmer water.

Tasters Review:

I would love to go see this “Five Peaks Mountain” some day…but for now I will have to live life vicariously thru this tea.  And what a good green tea it is!

The first time I had this it smelled and tasted like broccoli…but the aftertaste is wonderfully sweet and semi fruity as the description states.  The very first time I tried this I determined that this was a pretty good tea!

The 2nd time I tried this tea I picked up on a few additional notes…

I under infused it a little and thought it was even more lovely!

It was vegetal but more sweet than vegetal.  It was slightly fruity on to the aftertaste which I thought was a nice touch!

It’s always nice to be 2 for 2 on a tea…this one didn’t disappoint!

 

Strawberry White Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

This tea combines the soft flavour of white tea with a hint of strawberry. White tea is loaded with antioxidants and is also said to strengthen the circulatory and immune systems. A treat for nose and palette.

Story

Strawberries have grown wild for millennia in temperature regions throughout the world. They were highly prized by many ancient Romans. In the Middle Ages, they were prized again, more so for their medicinal qualities than delicious flavour. Today, the strawberry is the most popular type of berry fruit in the world. While there are more than 600 varieties of strawberries that differ in flavor, size and texture.

Tasters Review:

I tend to add more loose leaf than suggested because I usually like a strong flavor with most or all of my teas.  The first time I tried this one I used what I would call my normal amount of loose leaf.  I was completely shocked at the flavor it was almost too much of the sour and puckery taste to handle.

I promised myself I would then try the suggested amount…and that’s exactly what I did!  It was MUCH better!  A little goes a long way here, folks!  This flavored white is packed with flavor and personality!

At first I thought this had hibiscus in it but I cannot tell – for sure – based on the description – I guess it could just be the strawberries in the dry mix.  It’s a tarty/puckery type strawberry.  In this case, I personally, prefer less as well.  I am not really into tarty teas – so less is more with me!  This one worked out really well when I did what they suggested with the loose leaf amount.  The Strawberry flavor was amazing!  I also LOVE that Shanti Teas did a Strawberry WHITE tea!

Another thing I would like to mention in this review is the aroma!

I will say I LOVE the way this one smells and it reminds me of a strawberry chapstick I used to LOVE as a kid…the 80s RULE…I miss them when it comes to certain stuff like strawberry chapstick!  I know there are other strawberry chapsticks out there but not like the one I specifically remember the aroma to from the 80s!

I just LOVE creative flavored teas and lately flavored WHITES is something I have been extremely interested in.  This is one of Shanti’s newer offerings and I think it’s a treat!

 

 

Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Rare Darjeeling Green , light, natural aroma and subtle flavor.

This rare Darjeeling green tea is cultivated at about 7000ft in the Himalayas, at the renowned Makaibari Estate, the oldest (est. 1859) and most respected tea estate in the world, and also the world’s first biodynamically cultivated tea garden. This exquisite green tea has a light amber color, a mild, natural aroma and subtle flavor, with delicate floral hints.

Tasters Review:

I haven’t been this excited about a plain green tea in a LONG time!  I swear Shanti made this tea especially for me!  So I will take this time to say THANK YOU Shanti Tea!!

Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea is a medium strength green tea but it’s pretty equal in all aspects of grassy, buttery, sweet, juicy, mouth-watering, floral, and it’s VERY smooth.  I guess one could say that this Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea didn’t play any favorites when it comes to one taste over the other and I am fine with that.  Everything works out and plays nice with each other.   There is a pleasant aftertaste which really makes me smile!

This is a really nice tea!

I REALLY REALLY LIKE THIS TEA!

HEY!  Did I mention, I like this tea?

Kashmiri Chai from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Chai (Black Tea)

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Traditional Kashmiri blend of black tea and spices which produces the rich, semi-sweet and nutty flavor favored in Kashmir.

This traditional Kashmiri recipe is a blend of black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, and almond flakes and essence which produces the rich, semi-sweet and nutty flavor favored in Kashmir.

Tasters Review:

Chai is a funny thing…It’s one of those “you can please some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time” sort of things.  Many people take their chai VERY seriously.  Some people say the more spice the better where as others enjoy it more mild.  Others always add additives and some no additives at all.  I know of many people who swear by chai prep via stove top and others who have never tried that method and think that way of preparing chai doesn’t matter.  AND…several people go back and forth about which countries are famous for their chai and which are not.

As for this specific chai…I thought it was ok.  There really isn’t anything wrong with this chai at all.  Not in my book at least.  It smells spicy but not overly. I can certainly taste the spices. The spices are THE flavor. It has a bit of a funky aftertaste for me but it’s still ok.  The thing that stands out on this chai, for me, were the spices.  I can taste little else past the spices, actually, but still think this is a decent chai to have on hand.

Question of the day: What are your personal preferences with chai?

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